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The report found women are ‘over-represented among essential workers’. Pictured is a mural by Irish artist Emma Blake in Kilnamanagh, Dublin. Photograph: Tom Honan

Years of progress in women’s rights and equality have been reversed by Covid and without action “the feminisation of poverty will accelerate”, a new r(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to expel 10 ambassadors who had called on Turkey to release a jailed prominent human rights activist. Photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has found a face-saving formula that has allowed him sensibly to pull back from weekend threats to expel 10 amb(...)

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Environmental group Greenpeace called on the European Union to ban short flights on routes where a train journey under six hours is available, in a si(...)

Tala Cat Park, Cyprus, is home to hundreds of cats. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Every morning, Mark Foote and a team of volunteers spread out enough dry cat food or raw chicken mince for close to 1,000 cats, placing it in as many (...)

Doctors attend a patient in the Covid-19 section at an emergency hospital in Bucharest. In Romania, an EU country of about 19 million, only 36% of adults are fully inoculated. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Hospitals are struggling to cope as Covid-19 sweeps through large unvaccinated populations in central and eastern Europe, where low levels of trust im(...)

Parisian-born Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala speaking during an event in Istanbul. Photograph: Anadolu Culture Center/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday he had ordered the foreign ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from western countries “persona (...)

In 30 interviews over the course of nearly 12-months, Martin  Shields painted a detailed picture for those investigating the scheme, taking them step-by-step through how it worked and who was involved. Photograph: iStock

At several points in the career of 43-year-old Martin Shields, the Newry-born man felt undervalued and underpaid by the financial and banking sector. (...)

Dutch former prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/EPA

More than 1,100 children whose parents were wrongly accused of child benefit fraud in the scandal that toppled the Mark Rutte-led coalition government(...)

Micheál Martin spoke as EU leaders gathered in Brussels to discuss the contentious issue of migration amid a deteriorating situation on the union’s eastern border. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP via Getty

The traffic of people from the Middle East to the borders of the European Union by the Belarus regime as a tactic to pressure member states is “morall(...)

African migrants  on the edge of the desert 170km from  the Libyan capital Tripoli. More than 82,000 men, women and children have been intercepted on the Mediterranean Sea since 2017 and forced back to Libya. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP

A notorious human trafficker with victims in Ireland, as well as across the rest of Europe and Africa, has been placed on the Netherlands’ “most wante(...)

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